John Paul II Speaks

about Christian Love...There is no greater love than that of giving one’s life freely for one’s friends (cf. Jn 15:13), for love saves the world, builds up society, and is our preparation for eternity. In this way you will be prophets of a new world.

"THE LAW OF LOVE"

From the day of our Baptism we are reborn to new life. Christian living demands that we advance along the path of love. The law of Christ is the law of love.

"THE FIRST RULES OF YOUR LIVES"

May love and service be the first rules of your lives! By sacrificing yourselves you will discover what you yourselves have received and you will receive in turn the gift of God.

"THE WAY TO HAPPINESS AND HOLINESS"

Service is the way to happiness and holiness: our lives then become a journey of love towards God and towards our brothers and sisters.

MAKING LIFE BEAUTIFUL

Love and service give meaning to our lives and make them beautiful, because we know for what reason and for whom we are committed. It is in the name of Christ Who loved us and served us first.

"A BOND OF CLOSENESS AND UNITY"

Those who are nourished by the Body of Christ find the strength to act in brotherhood. Between Christ and His disciple there is thus created a bond of closeness and unity which profoundly transforms the person’s being, making him or her a servant.

LOVE, SERVICE, AND HOPE

Love is the witness par-excellence which leads to hope. Service of others transfigures life; it shows that hope and living in fraternal union are stronger than any temptation to despair. Love can triumph in every circumstance.

"APOSTLES OF THE YEAR 2000"

Help one another to affirm your faith and to be apostles of the Year 2000, reminding the world that the Lord is inviting you to share in His joy and that true happiness consists giving one’s self out of love for others. Play your part in the Church which needs your youth and energy!

(Source: Meditation "The washing of the feet" given at World Youth Day, August, 1997). 1998 Presentation Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211, phone: (513) 662-JESU